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5 Lessons From the Boeing Fiasco

David Macaray | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
David Macaray

You can't predict how a union will vote. This is especially true when it's a proud, savvy union. These IAM workers saw the Boeing offer for the sleazy power play it was and weren't going to roll over. They should be congratulated. What they did was heroic.

Not All Labor Unions Are Equal

David Macaray | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
David Macaray

In the late 1990s, the human resource rep at the paper mill where I used to work called me at home and said she had something very serious to discuss. She said this was something she "wasn't comfortable" discussing over the phone.

Labor Day Is a Time to Mobilize

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The meaning Labor Day has been dulled by both rampant commercialism and public apathy. Shouldn't Labor Day be a time to gather, contemplate and celebrate more just treatment of all those who toil without proper recognition or compensation?


AP | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

BERLIN -- Union members at online retailer Amazon's German operations have begun a two-day strike to ratchet up pressure on the company over pay deman...

Unions Angry With Obamacare's Unintended Consequences

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some labor unions that enthusiastically backed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry, fearful...

Harvard's Injustice Toward its Workers

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW), a 4,600 member union comprised of non-faculty staff across Harvard University's campus, has been operating without a contract. For a university that insists on its dedication to social justice, something is missing.

Attack of the Cookie Monsters!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.18.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

With a whopping 36 percent of Republicans now saying that it's the people in their own party who are the bad guys, it's getting awfully hard for conservatives to know who to hiss at.

Why a Union-Friendly Economic Agenda Can Help Rebuild America's Middle Class

Beth English | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Beth English

Now, as during the New Deal, workers must undertake the task of organizing. But now, as then, government has an important role to play to grow the middle class as workers seek to maintain unions, negotiate contracts, and secure higher wages and improved workplace protections.

A Clear Choice for Workers

Joe Hansen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Hansen

One candidate -- President Obama -- supports workers' rights and is committed to protecting them. The other -- Mitt Romney -- is out to destroy them. That's what at stake in this election.

Why California's Union Members Should Support Proposition 39

David Foster | Posted 01.05.2013 | Business
David Foster

When you boil it down, Proposition 39 is actually easy to understand. The ballot measure would simply close a tax loophole that incentivizes California companies to create jobs elsewhere. Every Californian will benefit from this proposition.

Saving Michigan's Auto Industry And Michigan Families

Beth Cox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Beth Cox

Communities in Michigan have suffered enough. Collective bargaining is a fundamental right that we must preserve for future generations. It works and it is time we allow it to work for more Michiganders.

City Workers Battle Mayor Over Minimum Wage Pay Cuts

AP/HuffPost | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Unions representing workers in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after...

High Court Rules On Contentious Union Move

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unions must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases or special a...

Union Takes New Step To Combat Growing Hostility In Some States

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO on Tuesday launched a new advertising campaign to promote unions as a voice for all working people, a move that comes a...

Battle In Ohio Reaches Its Peak

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A ballot battle in Ohio that pits the union rights of public workers against Republican efforts to shrink government and limit ...

Dave Jamieson

AFL-CIO Goes To Bat For Undocumented Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The country’s largest trade union came out in defense of undocumented workers on Thursday, criticizing a recent ruling by the federal ...

Walmart Headed To South Africa

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

JOHANNESBURG — Regulators approved Wal-Mart's 17 billion rand (about $2.4 billion) bid to buy a controlling share of a South African chain in a ...

Obama Takes a Meeting With Mephistopheles. Again.

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

As close readers of this blog might recall, last summer President Obama took a meeting with Mephistopheles - the representative of the Devil - for o...

Wisconsin Layoff Notices Coming Tomorrow

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that he will issue layoff notices to 1,500 state workers on Friday if his proposal forcing ...

Poor No More! Or That "Hard Working Middle Class" Baloney

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

The one thing Obama and Palin have in common? Everyone is middle class. To call a man or woman poor is to insult them -- to call them a failure in this land of plenty.

James Surowiecki: The Great Recession Has 'Crippled' Unions

The New Yorker | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the heart of the Great Depression, millions of American workers did something they'd never done before: they joined a union. Emboldened by the pass...

Understanding the Attacks on Public Employees

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A few Wall Street and big-corporate types are getting very rich (richer) at the expense of the rest of us. But don't blame us," Wall Street says, "Look over there!"

Unions, NY Assembly Want To Curb 'Temporary' Hires, Governor Paterson Disagrees

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Public worker unions and New York's Assembly are angling to curb the hiring of temporary workers and consultants instead of perma...

Union Workers Hit Harder By High State Taxes

WSJ | Martin Vaughan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Union employees bear more of the burden of high state corporate taxes than non-union employees, according to a new study distributed by the National B...

When Barack Obama Meets President Uribe

Juanita Leon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juanita Leon

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe may have good news to share with Obama when they meet on Monday: his government has managed to significantly increase the security of trade unionists.